Crash demo drives home safety message

Consequences: Scenes from the demonstration at Preston College's Fulwood Campus
Consequences: Scenes from the demonstration at Preston College's Fulwood Campus
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The consequences of texting while driving has been hammered home to students in Preston.

A car crash scene was set up at Preston College’s Fulwood Campus to give an insight into the dangers.

The scene was based on a car that had crashed as the driver was texting, hitting a cyclist and injuring those travelling in the car.

It was set up by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in collaboration with North West Ambulance Service, Lancashire Constabulary and staff and students from Preston College.

Theatrical make-up students created injuries for the casualties, played by performing arts students while media students captured the action for a promotional video to be used by Lancashire Fire and Rescue and the College in highlighting the dangers.

Firefighters arrived with specialist cutting machinery to help free the casualties and were joined by paramedic crews and police to make the scenario as realistic as possible.

Firefighter Dave Newton, who works from within the college one day a week as part of its community engagement, said: “What we were really trying to do is give the students a scenario that they will be familiar with.

“I’m sure that many of them have been in the situation before where they’ve got a text while driving and many will have replied or been tempted to reply and we want to highlight the very real danger of doing anything distracting while at the wheel.

“We go to too many road-traffic collisions that involve young people who have been killed or injured.”

A spokesman for Preston College added: “The fact that our students have got involved from acting as casualties, creating the injury effects and ultimately producing an awareness video for the fire service to use is brilliant.”